Training plants with Crop Netting saves time
The ideal system for growing cucurbitaceae, legumes, or solanaceae requires a trellis net system that holds up the plant’s fruits and prevents them and the plant’s branches from coming into contact with the soil. There they could be damaged by moisture, by high ground temperature, or by getting trampled by workers as they walk the rows. The crop being held up by agricultural netting also improves air flow through the foliage and increases exposure to the sun, thus increasing the number of blossoms and the pollination rate. A good trellis net is one that can be reused a number of times as crops are changed back and forth according to phytosanitary field conditions and that make it possible to have a well planned crop rotation.
HORTOMALLAS® crop netting is especially recommended for trellising crops of cucumbers and cantaloupe, since the plant itself of the cucurbitaceae family finds a way of grabbing ahold of and guiding itself along crop netting without the need to be manually trained to a trellis. HORTOMALLAS® is also used, with excellent results, for tomatoes, chilis, peppers, and egg plants, preferably using an innovative double-panel configuration for trellising (one on both sides of the row). This allows the plant to grow by itself between the squares of of the trellis net and to let its branches rest on the horizontal strands of the netting as it becomes heavy with fruit.
Also, for solanaceae (which are not creeping vines) it is recommended to install HORTOMALLAS® horizontally, the same way as for growing flowers, above the row allowing the plant to grow up through the squares of the HORTOMALLAS® and as it gets heavy with fruit it will support itself on the strands of the crop netting. This horizontal configuration allows for putting more plants per row which increases crop density and for maintaining the plant upright so that workers can walk the rows without causing abrasions to the plants.